Indulge in some literary banting
28 September 2016 05:25 (South Africa)
Sport

Lampard out of Euro 2012

  • Reuters Sportsdesk
    reuters_twitter_avatar_normal
    Reuters Sportsdesk

    Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent informatiom for businesses and professionals. It combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets.

  • Sport
Lampard out

England suffered a major blow before the start of Euro 2012 when experienced midfielder Frank Lampard was on Thursday ruled out of next month's tournament with a thigh injury. By Justin Palmer 

Lampard, who has won 90 caps since making his international debut in 1999, pulled his thigh in training on Wednesday and was examined by the England medical staff following a scan.

England have already lost Gareth Barry to injury this week and fellow midfielder Scott Parker has only just returned to action after struggling with an Achilles problem.

"It's a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry," England manager Roy Hodgson said on the FA website (www.thefa.com).

"The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area."

"Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I'm especially disappointed for Frank himself. He has been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament.

HUGE CONTRIBUTION

"He made a huge contribution towards us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament."

The FA said Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, capped twice, will be called into the squad subject to agreement from UEFA's medical team.

Everton's Phil Jagielka replaced Barry in the squad on Monday after the Manchester City midfielder tore a muscle in his lower abdomen during Saturday's 1-0 friendly win over Norway in Oslo.

England play Belgium in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday and open their Euro 2012 campaign against France in Donetsk on June 11. Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine are also in Group D.

Chelsea's Lampard was not certain to start against France given that Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard was handed the captain's armband by Hodgson.

While Lampard and Gerrard are key men for their clubs, they have never flourished as a partnership in central midfield for England. DM

Photo: Chelsea's Frank Lampard REUTERS/Toby Melville 

  • Reuters Sportsdesk
    reuters_twitter_avatar_normal
    Reuters Sportsdesk

    Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent informatiom for businesses and professionals. It combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets.

  • Sport

Get overnight news and latest Daily Maverick articles

Do Not Miss

Daily Maverick has temporarily suspended comments on the site. Until the interwebs figures out a better way to deal with the naughty kids in the class, the space for your comments is on our Facebook page and the Twitterverse.

Alternatively, you are welcome to send a letter to the editor.